Re: Coke switches to DB2!!

From: Michael Fontana <>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 07:28:49 -0500 (CDT)
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>To nickel and dime is an american (not british) expression; (nickel = 5c, dime = 10c) - it means to charge a lower start price but then charge for all kinds of extras. So (hypothetically) you might buy a Ford for >$10,000 or a VW for $12,000 - but if you want A/C on the Ford, that's another $1000, $500 for the radio, $600 for the sat-nav, $300 for metallic paint etc. Pretty soon the "cheaper" car can be more expensive than >the dear one.

>Oracle would never nickel and dime you. Oh, except for the tuning and diagnostic packs, and for partitioning, and ... er, um, ....

It's also entirely possible that the cultural reference to the baseball bat might confuse a Brit, even if they know what one is. If you want a complete understanding of the phrase, imagine you've just bought some Oracle software, think you understand the pricing model, and know which features your using. When Oracle prices you at the next budget go around, you wake up with a big bump on your head, and a huge invoice!

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